Joe Biden to reopen online health insurance marketplaces

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President Biden will reopen the nation’s online health insurance market for people who cannot obtain coverage through their companies, the White House has said.

Biden, who took office last week, will re-establish access to healthcare.gov having an executive order Thursday afternoon, the latest in a blizzard of moves from the Democratic president to rapidly undo the policies of his GOP predecessor Donald Trump.

The order will allow people to register for insurance through the authorities market from February the 15th to May the 15th, the White House said in a policy fact sheet. The program is normally accessible for only six weeks a year.

The activity was anticipated. Biden has vowed to shore up the healthcare.gov and other programs created under former President Barack Obama’s sweeping 2010 Affordable Care Act.

He’s contended that the fluctuations are more urgent because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 400,000 Americans.

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Republicans have long opposed the healthcare restructuring legislation, criticizing the price and quality of care in addition to extensive government involvement in healthcare markets.

Biden also plans to direct federal agencies to “re-examine” Trump-era policies like work requirements that made it harder for individuals to qualify for Medicaid, the government-run health insurance plan for the poor.

In another action, Biden will rescind the “Mexico City Policy” that bans US funding for global non-profit organizations that provide abortion counselling.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Translation from English to other languages via Google Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt. Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan.

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